It's So Easy! (The Crickets song)
"It's So Easy!" is a rock-and-roll song written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty. It was originally released as a single in 1958 by the Crickets but failed to chart. It was the final release by the Crickets when Holly was still in the band.
|"It's So Easy!"|
|Single by The Crickets|
|Released||September 12, 1958|
|Recorded||June–August 1958, Clovis, New Mexico|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Songwriter(s)||Buddy Holly, Norman Petty|
|The Crickets singles chronology|
The Crickets version
The song was recorded by Holly and the Crickets from June to August 1958 at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico.
The Crickets recorded "It's So Easy!" for Brunswick Records, which released it as a 45-rpm single in 1958. It did not chart. The B-side was "Lonesome Tears". Tommy Allsup played the lead guitar parts on both recordings.
Linda Ronstadt version
|"It's So Easy"|
|Single by Linda Ronstadt|
|from the album Simple Dreams|
|B-side||"Lo Siento Mi Vida"|
|Released||September 20, 1977|
|Linda Ronstadt singles chronology|
|45 RPM side label|
U.S release by Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt recorded "It's So Easy" in 1977 for her album Simple Dreams, produced by Peter Asher. Her recording was released as a single by Asylum Records in the autumn of that year. It hit the Billboard Top Five simultaneously with her recording of "Blue Bayou". It also reached #9 in Canada and #11 in the United Kingdom. Ronstadt's version was used in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain.
- Bobby Vee, the Astronauts, Skeeter Davis, the Trashmen, Connie Francis, Hank Marvin, Mike Berry and the Outlaws, P.J. Proby, and Chris Spedding recorded cover versions of the song.
- The Beatles performed the song at the 1969 Let It Be sessions.
- Denny Laine released it as a 45-rpm single (EMI 2523), produced by Paul McCartney, in 1976.
- Gary Busey performed the song in the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story.
- Waylon Jennings and the Crickets also recorded it, as did Zooey Deschanel.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song in 1987 for the episode "Theodore Lucks Out" of thetelevison series Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- Paul McCartney recorded two versions of the song for a 75th anniversary tribute to Buddy Holly in 2011.
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- Swiss Year-End Charts, 1978
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